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Analysis of Applicability for Synchronization Complexity Metric

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2 Author(s)
Yastrebenetsky, P. ; Open Univ. of Israel, Raanana, Israel ; Trakhtenbrot, M.

The paper analyzes the practical applicability of the novel Synchronization Complexity metric (SCM) introduced by the authors in. This metric characterizes complexity of a program based on the kind and amount of means used for synchronization between its concurrent components. The metric is evaluated with respect to the soundness properties introduced by Weyuker and software measurement scales considered by Zuse. The growth of SCM for real-world applications is also analyzed. The analysis shows that SCM is a useful practical instrument for evaluation of complex software systems. In particular, SCM allows for assessment of the amount of tests needed to achieve a proper coverage in testing of a concurrent program. It also enables comparison between different implementations of a system based on their synchronization complexity.

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Engineering of Computer Based Systems (ECBS), 2011 18th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on

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27-29 April 2011